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  • IDrive Introduces Office 365 Exchange Mailbox Backup to Business Accounts

    Many businesses prefer to use Office 365 Exchange Mailbox to free up IT resources and negate the need to host their own email infrastructure. If you’re one of those businesses, it’s important to recognize that although Microsoft hosts the infrastructure, it is still your responsibility to make sure all that data is protected in case of a disaster.

    New to IDrive Business, Office 365 Exchange Mailbox backup allows for simple backup and restores of all that important data. Emails, calendars, contacts and tasks can all be backed up with IDrive, allowing for quick recovery in the event something goes wrong.

    With this new feature, IDrive Business users can now schedule Office 365 mailbox backups by selecting multiple mailboxes and creating a new backup set. This allows for full backup of mailbox data to the IDrive cloud in a compressed format.

    Users can also easily restore lost, deleted, or truncated Office 365 emails, ensuring business continuity in case their mailbox data is compromised. The mailbox can be restored directly to the Office 365 Exchange online mailbox or locally.

    Features:

    • Individual or multiple mailboxes can be backed up to the cloud
    • Backup emails, calendars, contacts, tasks (eml, vcf, ics format) in compressed form
    • Schedule multiple mailbox backups
    • Restore mailbox data to Office 365 Exchange Online mailbox
    • Restore mailbox data locally in eml, vcf, ics format with folder structure intact
    • Take control of your organization’s Office 365 email mailbox data and protect against data loss

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Sufficient hard disk space to store the mailbox backup files (.ofl) for temporary backup and restore

    *Feature is only available for IDrive Business accounts

  • Need Backup? IDrive could be your best option

    Ransomware, physical threats to your devices, and more have long been threatening to compromise the integrity of your data. In order to combat these threats, here at IDrive our goal is to give customers the most feature-packed backup service, at the most affordable price.

    When choosing a backup service, however, there’s a lot more to look into besides the price. Determining which service has the exact features to fit your needs could be the difference between having the ability to affordably recover from data loss, and losing that precious data forever.

    IDrive Online Backup gives you plenty of reasons why it should be your solution of choice when it comes to protecting your data.

    Here’s a quick look at some of those reasons:

    • Backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for one low fee
    • Free IDrive Express service to seed your initial backup in a week or less
    • Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack
    • Includes Sync and Share functionality in addition to backup
    • Block-level incremental backups and restores to optimize transfer speed
    • Robust security, with encryption on transfer and storage and the option of a private key
    • Supports backup of mapped/USB/external hard drives
    • MS Exchange/MS SQL and other advanced backup functions for small businesses (business plans only)
    • 24/7 support through phone, live chat, or email

    Keep in mind that we are constantly updating the IDrive service to give you the most user friendly experience possible. IDrive is PC Magazine’s Editors Choice for online backup three years in a row!

    Give IDrive a try today with a free 5GB account and see how it works for you!

  • IDrive Named one of PC Mag’s Top Products of 2017!

    Each year leading up to the holidays, PC Mag compiles a list of the top 100 tech products and services that have been tested in their labs. The list consists of everything from laptops, phones and tablets, to software, TVs, and cameras, and IDrive is thrilled to be included as part of this list for 2017.

    With so many great products out there to choose from, what does IDrive feature that helped us make the list? According to the PC Mag review:

    • Desktop Interface — clear organization of the desktop application allows for quick and simple navigation
    • Backup Options — Continuous Data Protection, scheduling, archive cleanup, and IDrive Express combine to make sure backups are operating at maximum efficiency
    • Sync — see file changes reflected on all computers/devices on which IDrive is installed
    • Restore Tab — flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore
    • Web Manager — according to PC Mag, “IDrive has one of the more capable web clients you’ll find among online backup providers.” The web portal allows users to backup, download, search for, and share files via Facebook, Twitter, or email, along with managing all account and subscription settings
    • Mobile Clients — powerful apps for iOS and Android, capable of performing most of the same tasks as the desktop and web clients

    Being one of the only backup companies on this list, it’s pretty clear that PC Mag has plenty of reasons why they continue to recommend IDrive as their backup solution of choice, as well as one of the best overall tech products on the market.

    As they put it, “IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. With continuous backup, folder syncing, file sharing, archiving, File Explorer integration, robust mobile apps, and an unlimited number of devices per account, it’s also priced competitively.”

  • IDrive Extends Synology NAS App Support

    An onsite storage solution using a Synology NAS device is a great way to ensure your business data is backed up and accessible for recovery if necessary, but having locally stored data means all your files could be lost if your NAS device is compromised. To account for this, the IDrive Synology Backup app ensures that your Synology NAS is protected as well, allowing you to seamlessly manage online backups and restores of your network data.

    IDrive’s Synology app provides a safety net from which you can restore your network after a crash or other disaster. Our intuitive interface also enables you to easily schedule automated or manual backups and restores of your NAS device, receive email notifications when these tasks are complete, and view logs of all your activity. You can also create multiple backup and restore sets for different elements of your network. With IDrive’s Synology backup, managing data across your entire network is just as simple as it is secure.

    IDrive has recently extended support for the Synology backup app to include the following models:

    DS1517
    DS1517+
    DS1817
    DS1817+

    A backup strategy with both onsite and offsite backup capabilities can greatly enhance your disaster recovery plan. All data being transferred and stored is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption with the option of a private key to which only the user has access.

    To get started, all you need is an IDrive account.

  • PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for Online Backup: IDrive goes back-to-back-to-back!

    When looking for an online backup solution there are many variables to consider, as PC Mag notes. Pricing, storage space, features, and simplicity of use are all at the forefront when it comes to backup, and according to PC Mag’s 2017 online backup review, IDrive Online Backup once again checks all those boxes.

    We’re proud to announce that for the third year running, PC Mag has awarded IDrive with their Editor’s Choice for best online backup service. With all the great backup solutions out there and the innovative new products being introduced in the data backup space, what makes IDrive continue to stand above the rest? Let’s take a look at why PC Mag decided to stick with IDrive for 2017:

    • Pricing plans/Unlimited device backup — unique to IDrive, none of the plan sizes limit the number of devices you can backup into a single account. This puts IDrive among the most cost-effective solution on the market
    • Desktop Interface — clear organization of the desktop application allows for quick and simple navigation
    • Backup Options — Continuous Data Protection, scheduling, archive cleanup, and IDrive Express combine to make sure backups are operating at maximum efficiency
    • Sync — see file changes reflected on all computers/devices on which IDrive is installed
    • Restore Tab — flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore
    • Web Manager — according to PC Mag, “IDrive has one of the more capable web clients you’ll find among online backup providers.” The web portal allows users to backup, download, search for, and share files via Facebook, Twitter, or email, along with managing all account and subscription settings
    • Mobile Clients — powerful apps for iOS and Android, capable of performing most of the same tasks as the desktop and web clients

    All in all, it’s clear that PC Mag has plenty of reasons why they continue to recommend IDrive as their backup service of choice: “IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. With continuous backup, folder syncing, file sharing, archiving, File Explorer integration, robust mobile apps, and an unlimited number of devices per account, it’s also priced competitively.”

    Thanks to PC Mag once again for the award!

  • ISEL Formula Student Team Utilizes IDrive while Building Eco-Friendly Racecars

    When working on a long-term project for school, work, or just for fun, it’s critical to be sure that your data is safe from disasters. After all, losing some important files due to a hard drive crash, natural disaster, or a simple accident could lead to you having to start an entire project over from  scratch, leaving you in a rush to play catch-up and potentially sacrificing the quality of your work.

    The ISEL Formula Student team from Lisbon, Portugal, can attest to this. Having been formed four years ago with the main goal of creating reliable, high performance, and environmentally conscious racecars, the ISEL team fully understands the importance of protecting their critical files, as well as the need to keep these files updated across all their devices.

    With a need for an affordable backup service and having a limited budget, the ISEL Formula Student team looked to IDrive Online Backup’s vast yet cost-effective feature set in order to satisfy their requirements. As Andre, a member of the team put it, “collaboration is key when working with any team,” so they preferred a backup system that would allow them to share the 3D assembly of the car between each team member, as well as sharing technical documentation, and various templates and media files.

    Utilizing IDrive allowed the ISEL team to do just that. IDrive understands the importance of being more than a backup solution, with our sync service really coming in handy in this case.

    Being split up into four main groups, the team needed their information to be easily accessible by each. The sync feature allowed them to keep their critical files updated on all of their devices, allowing each group to have access to everything the need, all within a single account. Plus, IDrive allows access to previous versions of files, which is hugely valuable when constant changes are being made to those files.

    All this, along with affordable plan prices and sizes, combine to make IDrive the perfect tool for any team looking to protect and conveniently access their data. Sign up today to get started.

    Thank you and good luck to the ISEL Student Formula team!

  • Updating your iPhone? Make sure it’s backed up!

    Apple just announced the release of iOS 11. Before you get your hands on it and start playing around with the new features, you’ll need to go through the update process. Before you do this however, you’re going to want to make sure you have a full backup of your iPhone with IDrive, just in case something goes wrong.

    Since this is the first version of a major software upgrade, there’s always a chance something may go awry. A full backup of your contacts, photos, videos, and calendar events can end up saving you a major headache down the road.

    Luckily, backing up your iPhone using IDrive’s mobile application for iOS is simple and effective, so you can be sure that your mobile data is entirely secure and ready to be recovered in the event the update fails.

    More features of IDrive’s mobile app that you’ll want to take advantage of are:

    • Social Media Backup – for photos and videos from Facebook and Instagram accounts
    • Cross Platform Compatible – backup your iPhone or iPad, and restore data to your Android phone and vice-versa
    • View and access files backed up from your PC, Mac, or other mobile devices

    There’s always a chance that an update goes wrong, so make sure you take every precaution to ensure that you won’t be left stranded without your mobile information. Backup your iPhones with IDrive Online Backup before you begin the update, so you can focus on enjoying all the new features instead of scrambling to get your data back.

  • Crashplan users: We invite you to try IDrive

    With the recent closing of Crashplan Home, we invite ALL Crashplan users to give IDrive a try! We are offering Crashplan users 5TB of backup space for 90% off your first year. That’s 5TB of space for only $6.95 year one!

    Want to know how IDrive stacks up against the competition? Check out our competitive comparison charts:

    https://www.idrive.com/carbonite

    https://www.idrive.com/backblaze

    Need to upload large amounts of data? We can help you migrate your Crashplan data over with IDrive Express! Our free seeding service offered once a year to personal accounts at no cost.

    We also offer mobile backup/restore via iOS and Android apps, NAS Backups apps for QNAP, Netgear, etc. and the best part of all: the ability to backup as many devices as you want into one account for one-low cost.

    10 years in, and we’re still constantly updating our service to give our users the most up-to-date backup features on the market. We look forward to continuing to support the consumer backup market. We look forward to welcoming Crashplan users!

  • Switch to the Best! Get 90% off when switching from a competing service

    When we launched IDrive back in 2007, the idea was to give you the most feature-packed and cost-effective backup solution for protecting data on all of your internet enabled devices. Now, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we want to give users of competing backup services the opportunity to join us at a hugely discounted rate, offering 2TB of backup space for 90% off your first year. That’s 2TB of space for only $6.95 year one!

    So why make the switch to IDrive (besides the price)? Whether you’re a consumer or a business, let’s take a look at some questions you should be asking yourself about how your backup service compares with IDrive Online Backup:

    • Does your service provider backup multiple computers and mobile devices into one account for one fee?
    • Do they offer a free Express service to seed your initial backup in a week or less?
    • Do they have built-in support for Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack?
    • Do they offer Sync and cloud storage functionality in addition to backup?
    • Do they have block-level incremental backup and restores to optimize transfer speed?
    • Do they support private key encryption for all devices, including mobile?
    • Do they backup mapped drives?
    • Do they offer MS Exchange/MS SQL and other advanced backup functions for small businesses?
    • Do they provide 24/7 support including voice during regular business hours?

    10 years in, and we’re still constantly updating our service to give our users the most up-to-date backup features on the market. Join IDrive today to give yourself peace of mind that your critical data, business or personal, is protected. All without breaking the bank.

  • We’ve Updated IDrive BMR with Virtualization and Web Remote Access

    IDrive BMR offers the most cost-effective bare-metal restore functionality for onsite disk-image backup, with the ability to store entire OS and application settings for retrieval in case of disaster. Also offering cloud replication in addition to local backup, IDrive BMR allows you to transfer backups stored on your server to your cloud account for a more robust disaster recovery plan.

    Here at IDrive, we’ve recently beefed up BMR with some great new features to give users ultimate control over how their data is protected, accessed and manipulated.

    Virtualization:

    First off, what is data virtualization as it applies to backup with IDrive? Essentially, virtualization with IDrive BMR allows IT administrators to easily backup images of their entire system locally to the appliance for recovery to a new machine in case the original machine is compromised or destroyed.

    For businesses, reduced recovery time is a massive benefit of virtualization with IDrive BMR. Even if your hardware fails, the BMR appliance can instantly and accurately migrate data to working hardware so you can pick up working where you left off. Typically, the virtualized machine will be up within 30 seconds, drastically minimizing downtime when recovering from a disaster.

    New to IDrive BMR, the virtualization feature allows users to create up to four virtual instances of their clients and store them locally on the BMR server. Access these instances and resume your business without losing data, in case of any disaster. IDrive BMR uses top of the line hardware, with server grade Xeon E5 processor with 16GB RAM for ultimate performance.

    Web Remote Access:

    Now users can access their IDrive BMR server interface from any external network. This increases the simplicity and efficiency of utilizing IDrive BMR by allowing you to manage your local backup operations and cloud replications of your local backups from anywhere without having to be on the same network as the BMR device.

    IDrive BMR is the most cost-effective virtualization solution on the market, so take advantage of these new features and more today to protect your business from any disaster.